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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am 29 and have been married for the past 2 years. My periods have been fairly regular from the beginning. We do not want to have a baby for another two years. I would like to know what kind of medical problems, if any, can be there if we plan the first pregnancy two years from now. Your answer will be of great help.

Insia (Philadelphia, USA)

A: Ideally one should complete childbirth by the age of 30 [of the mother]. But one can think of having children till 35 years of age. Some more tests are required & also the chances of medical complications increase after 30 yrs of age.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe


Q: Few years ago, I underwent surgery to reverse a tubal ligation. It was successful and I was given the green signal to try to become pregnant. After almost 2 years of fertility drugs, tests, and surgeries, I was told that my body was rejecting my husband's sperm. That it was attacking and killing it. I was told that there was nothing that could be done. I was wondering if there have been any new treatments for this. I am almost nearing 40 now. Is there any hope for me to conceive? Thank you for your time!

Annie (Kuwait, Middle East)

A: There are three tests that you should undergo to get to the root of your problem: 1. There is a blood test called Sperm Antibody Titre that both you and your husband should undergo. 2. Your husband should also undergo a sperm test for Agglutination. 3. Although you have undergone surgery, which at that time may have been considered positive, you should once again take a Tubal Patency Test to ensure that there is no blockage. If the Sperm Antibody Test and the Agglutination test are positive then there is a treatment wherein administration of steroid takes care of the rejection of your husband's sperm. I would also like to bring to your attention that women over the age of 35 run a greater risk of giving birth to a genetically abnormal child, therefore it is important that when you get pregnant you undergo a CVS test between 9-11 weeks of pregnancy to rule out Triosomy 21 or Down's Syndrome.

Dr. Sahetya


Q: Few years ago, I underwent surgery to reverse a tubal ligation. It was successful and I was given the green signal to try to become pregnant. After almost 2 years of fertility drugs, tests, and surgeries, I was told that my body was rejecting my husband's sperm. That it was attacking and killing it. I was told that there was nothing that could be done. I was wondering if there have been any new treatments for this. I am almost nearing 40 now. Is there any hope for me to conceive? Thank you for your time!

Annie (Kuwait, Middle East)

A: When you say the surgery for reversal of tubal ligation was successful, you mean that the surgeon informed you that the tubes were open at the end of the surgery. However, this does not mean that the tubes will always work after the surgery! Given your age and the fact that you have not responded to the treatment you have taken so far, the best treatment option for your would be IVF (in-vitro fertilization). Time is at a premium for you, so you need to push forward aggressively!

Dr. Malpani


Q: Does aerobics and a diet of fruit and vegetables impede pregnancy in somebody aged 34-35 whose periods are otherwise regular and there are no health problems whatsoever?

Jennifer (Kuwait, USA)

A: Excessive exercise and inadequate diet can interfere with conception by affecting the menstrual rhythm. However exercise in moderation in the presence of regular normal cycles should not interfere with conception. Fruits and vegetables alone do not constitute a balanced diet. A balanced diet is essential for overall well being, which must be achieved before attempting conception.

Dr. Sahni


Q: I am 35 plus and am planning for a baby. But I am worried about the complications due to my age. Would this be harmful for my baby? Please let me know.

Pia (Washington, USA)

A: Is this your first baby? If so, you do fall into the high-risk group which consists of women getting pregnant for the first time after the age of 35. You will have to undergo some blood tests during pregnancy, as the incidence of congenital defects increase with age.


Q: I am 30 years old and have one child. We are planning to have another. Is it difficult to conceive after 30 years of age? I have been having a gout problem for the last 8 months the uric acid level use to go high but it seems OK now. Will this affect my pregnancy? Should I take a special diet? Does gout affect foetal growth?

Mohit (Gandhidam, India)

A: There should be no problem to conceive a child till you are at least 35 years old and that too, only if this is your first child. You can conceive a second child even after this. Gout will not affect the pregnancy if everything is okay. In any case, gout does not affect foetal growth.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe


Q: I am 38 years old and my wife is 31. We are now planning for our second child. Is it too late? Secondly, I have low blood sugar. Does this have anything to do with whether my wife can get pregnant?

Ashish (Nanital, India)

A: You can plan for your baby now. If your wife does not conceive after trying for 2 - 3 months then get your semen analysis done as sometimes the sperm count reduces when one has increased blood sugar. Age-wise, you both are okay.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe


Q: A neighbour in India doesn't have a child. She is almost 35 years old. Can you suggest a fertility specialist in Bangalore (Karnataka) or Hubli (Karnataka)?

Jaya (London, U.K)

A: Your friend needs genetic counselling due to her late maternal age as she comes under the risk category. A woman should conceive her first child before the age of 35. She requires a suitable treatment to hyper-stimulate her ovaries to develop suitable follicles. She also requires ovulation induction under ultrasound vigilance and timely sexual contact to have fruitful results.

Dr. Sahetya


Q: I am 39 years old, and would like to have a child. I was pregnant 6 months ago, but miscarried at 6 weeks. I am now checking LH levels with an ovulation test package to ascertain ovulation times but my levels never seem to peak. I am still menstruating but I have gone from 28 days (2-3 years ago) to 24-25 day cycles. My questions are: am I still ovulating if my LH levels don't seem to peak? Is continued monthly menstruation a sign of guaranteed monthly ovulation? How could you recommend I best go about getting pregnant?

Meenal (Cochin, India)

A: You will need to see a gynaecologist and take LH injections for ovulation. This happens due to advanced age.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe


Q: By when should one deliver their first baby?

Kunal (Cochin, India)

A: Many women have their first baby in their early 30's because of later marriages or active careers. However, It is ideal to have the first baby by the age of 35 because this is when the body is most fit and ready. First time pregnancies above the age of 35 fall into the high risk category.


Q: I have read that lots of people abroad have their kids after 35. Is it not advisable?

Vishal (Cochin, India)

A: While it is true that the risk of having a baby with a birth defect (because of a chromosomal problem such as Down's Syndrome) is increased as a woman gets older because her eggs age, most women above 35 go on to have an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy baby. Amniocentesis is offered more routinely to women older than 35 -- to test for abnormalities such as Down Syndrome -- but other than that, women older than 35 are not treated any differently during pregnancy than younger women.

Dr. Malpani


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